The Benefits of Group Exercise

It’s safe to say that most people know they should exercise. The CDC recommends that adults get at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate intensity aerobic exercise every week, along with doing muscle-strengthening activities two or more days a week. Endless research studies have linked a healthy diet and exercise to lower risk of disease including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and more. Still find it tough to get up and get moving? If so, consider group exercise and all the benefits it offers.

Inspiration
Exercising in a group setting offers the opportunity to be inspired by another person. It’s not unlikely that you’ll encounter someone who was once in your shoes and has gone on to achieve your desired level of fitness.

Camaraderie
The friendship and fun that’s found when working out with others can be key when it comes to sticking with an exercise routine. Even if you don’t enjoy exercising, you’ll likely enjoy the camaraderie enough to make yourself do it.

Support
Whether from an instructor or other participants, the encouragement and support that are often a part of a group exercise event can provide just the pick-up you sometimes need to keep going and stay on track.

Challenge
While it’s easy to plateau when you’re doing the same solo exercise routine day after day, week after week, it’s just as easy to step up your routine when you’re challenged by those around you in a group.

Structure
When participating in group exercise, you’re typically taking a class or meeting up with others at a predetermined time and place. This structure creates routine, which can help exercise become a habit instead of something you need to talk yourself into doing.

Accountability
When you’re a no-show for group exercise, someone other than you knows that you aren’t working out. It’s often easier to be accountable to someone else than it is to be accountable to yourself.

Variety
Some activities are possible when exercising alone, but a variety of others such as soccer, partner dance and relay racing require other people. Group exercise can open up new possibilities that keep you interested in staying active.

As you can see, exercising in a group setting comes with a lot of benefits. Here at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, we understand these benefits. That’s why every Wednesday at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Hudson, we meet for our Healthy Legs Walking Group. This group is all about getting outside, exercising, and having fun while you do it. Our group is made up of a lot of different people who all exercise at different intensity levels. Do not worry– you needn’t be able to run a marathon to join our group, make new friends and improve your health.

Sources:

Live Strong

The Augusta Chronicle

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